Jan. 12, 2011
WACO, Texas – Former Cal freshman point guard Gary Franklin has transferred to Baylor, head coach Scott Drew announced Wednesday. Franklin, who is enrolled in classes, will sit out the spring and fall 2011 semesters to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. The 6-foot-2 point guard will retain three seasons of eligibility.
Franklin started 11 of Cal’s first 13 games in 2010-11, averaging 8.2 points in 25.7 minutes-per-game. In his second career game, he scored a career-high 16 points and added four assists Nov. 20 vs. New Mexico.
“Gary has been a winner all of his life,” Drew said. “In high school at Mater Dei, his teams won big and his AAU team, California Supreme, was one of the best in the nation. Players really like to play with him and his sound character along with his talents make him a great fit at Baylor.
“We are extremely excited to have him part of the Baylor family,” Drew said.
A native of Santa Ana, Calif., Franklin led Mater Dei High School to a 32-2 record and the California Interscholastic Federation title as a senior in 2009-10. He was named CIF Player of the Year after averaging 17.4 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds as a senior. Franklin earned all-state, all-county and all-league honors as a senior and had his No.4 jersey retired at Mater Dei. As a junior, he averaged 14.2 points, 4.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals, helping Mater Dei to a 31-2 record and a perfect 10-0 league mark.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Baylor basketball program,” Franklin said. “I can’t wait to get on the floor and start making an impact with my new teammates.”
A three-year starter and team captain as a senior in 2009-10, Franklin was ranked as the No. 66 overall recruit in the class of 2010 by ESPN and No. 78 by Rivals.com. Franklin also ranked as a top-20 point guard by ESPN (No. 14), Scout.com (No. 16) and Rivals.com (No. 18).